100 Albums You Need to Own

When Boston's self-titled, out-of-nowhere debut album hit the charts at No. 3 -- followed by gold and platinum status in a matter of weeks -- a collective groan emerged from music critics around the world mourning the death of rock and roll. It was new. It was popular. And it was entirely soulless.

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Brad Delp Interview By Par Winberg

Back in March 1999 I did an interview with one of the greatest voices of AOR - Brad Delp. The interview was around the latest release of RTZ, but he also gave us some cool answers about his past with Boston and other cool bands... Please Welcome the man from Boston who returned to zero...


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Sierra Club Interview

More Than a Feeling...

Tom Scholz Speaks With The Sierra Club

Tom Scholz
Tom Scholz
A native of Toledo, Ohio, Tom Scholz is best known as Boston's leader and founder. He studied classical piano as a child, and later taught himself to play guitar, bass and drums. In 1965, he won a full scholarship to M.I.T. and, after graduating with bachelor's and master's degrees in mechanical engineering, he went to work for Polaroid as a product engineer. He is named as inventor on 34 U.S. patents.

At Polaroid, Scholz acquired the technical know-how to build his own multi-track tape machine, and he built a small studio in his basement. He spent nights recording demos of his songs, which eventually landed him a recording deal with CBS/Epic. From this contract came the first Boston album, recorded almost entirely in Scholz's basement studio. Released in 1976, it sold more than 16 million copies, making it the biggest-selling debut album of all time, and led to a Grammy nomination. The first five Boston albums have all been certified platinum (one million units sold).

During and following a 1987 tour for the third Boston album (Third Stage), Scholz became seriously involved in charity work, setting up a foundation to support causes such as animal rights, food banks, homeless shelters and children. Through the foundation, he has donated more than $3 million to those causes. He received the Mahatma Gandhi Award in 1987, and was named "Man of the Year" by the National Hospice Association in 1988.

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The Brains Behind Boston

The Star Online eCentral - Malaysia Entertainment

REMEMBER those kids in school who used to score great marks effortlessly? Well, for some reason (and I think you ll soon see why) Tom Scholz has always reminded me of them.

A towering man, Scholz was a basketball prodigy who fiddled around with electronics as a hobby, when his main task in life was to obtain brilliant results as a post-graduate engineering student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. As part of a university project the Ohio native decided to record a home-made album that would utilise his skills both as a multi-instrumentalist and an innovative recording engineer. With a quartet of Bostonians (Brad Delp, Barry Goudreau, Fran Sheehan and Jim Masdea), Scholz set about making a record in his cellar.

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Michael Jackson Was In [Growing Up In The 1980's]

By Edward V. Hineline

You would have to be in your thirties or forties to kind of understand exactly what I am going to write this column about. It is about music and growing up in the 1980 s. What kind of music do you listen to? Rap? Rock and roll? Pop? Country? People listen to music for different reasons. Some listen to fit in and some listen because of the words. Some listen just to have music floating around in their heads. What do I like about music? The lyrics. My music selection varies from the early 1970 s to the present.

I got my first stereo system as a hand me down from my parents in the early 1980 s. I can remember playing that thing so loud when my father was at work, singing into a broom stick and acting a fool on a Casio electronic keyboard I had no idea on how to play. My mother was too lenient to tell me to turn it down. Why would she, she was a big Loverboy and Billy Squire fan. Michael Jackson was in and Rap was just getting started.

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The 2004 Classic Rock Auction

The 2004 Classic Rock Auction featuring items from legendary producer Eddie Kramer was officially closed on August 1. "We were overwhelmed with the huge response we received right from the opening minutes," explained Backstage Auctions co-owner Kelli Van Gool. "Out of more than 2200 items condensed into 277 lots listed, we had over 1200 bids and sold 70 percent of the items."

Most lots drew a lot of attention and fierce bidding. A BOSTON/Tom Scholz recording demo sold for nearly $1,700.00, a pair of 1970s David Bowie acetates sold for $1,980.00 and a ROLLING STONES live recording from Canada went for almost $5,000. Not surprising was the aggressive bidding for a 1977 KISS Japan tour jacket, which received over 24 bids alone and finally sold for $4,950.00 to a private collector. The performers with the most bids were, in this order: LED ZEPPELIN, JIMI HENDRIX and KISS. Details of a lot with several LED ZEPPELIN tapes are being kept confidential at the request of the buyer.

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Peace of Mind

Boston singer Brad Delp finds satisfaction in band's classic-rock status

By Joshua Rotter
Special to The Record
Published Friday, August 6, 2004

As a recording act, Boston began at the very top, the group's self-titled debut album having sold more than 17 million copies.

As performers, however, and particularly as a live act, the original incarnation has nothing on Boston circa 2004.

"Not to take anything away from the original five members, but no one really sang," said Brad Delp, Boston vocalist then and now. "I did all the vocals and background vocals (in the studio) and when we went out, I did everything live.

"But, as of last summer, we have three new members and everyone sings. So, with seven vocalists -- most of who are multi-instrumentalists -- that helps cover the earlier songs."

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Boston in Gilford on Friday

Staff Writer
Tuesday, July 13, 2004

GILFORD  This Friday night Boston comes to Meadowbrook with a solid history of creating hits like "More Than a Feeling," "Long Time," and "Peace of Mind."

The rock group began as the brainchild of Toledo, Ohio, native Tom Scholz. While Scholz was a fan of rock growing up, he didn t develop his own musical talent until he began writing songs while earning a master s degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He worked for the Polaroid Corp. after graduation and joined a local band led by guitarist Barry Goudreau. Scholz joined as a keyboard player, but he soon mastered the guitar and took a leadership role in the group.

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New dates take Boston's tour through August

June 04, 2004 03:11 PM - Arena-rockers Boston are set to launch their second tour in as many years in July, and a recently unveiled batch of dates will keep the outing on the road through August.

The tour now is scheduled to visit 30 markets, focusing on cities that the group wasn't able to visit last year.

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